Cambodia and Bangladesh Teams

The program was held online from Monday, January 10 to Friday, January 14 and from Monday, January 17 to Friday, January 21.

Explanation of Rengo Hiroshima's "Total Livelihood Improvement Initiative" (Cambodia)

Seven Cambodian participants (including four women) completed all of the programs between January 10 and January 14 and eight Bangladeshi participants (including six women) completed all of the programs between January 17 and January 21.

JILAF has been implementing its projects through "online programs" via the Internet in place of training programs that invite trainees to Japan due to the restrictions on entry into Japan caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The online program consisted of five days, with two days spent watching on-demand videos on labor relations and three days of real-time online sessions where participants exchanged opinions with JILAF executives and followed lectures.
On the fourth day, in an online session for exchanging opinions with Rengo Hiroshima, participants learned about the employment situation in the local region as well as the employment stability efforts of trade union confederation locals, including comprehensive livelihood improvement, national campaigns, and policy system realization. Reports were also received from both Cambodia and Bangladesh on the current state of labor-management disputes and the labor movement under the COVID-19 pandemic, and mutual understanding was deepened.

Participants mainly proposed the following action plans.
(1) Although labor laws in Japan and our country are different, we would like to make use of what we learned from the JILAF training to strengthen our organization and work on employment stability. (Cambodia)
(2) The five-day program provided new insights. We would like to work to ensure that the rights of workers, beginning with gender equality, are complied with by law. (Cambodia)
(3) In addition to raising the awareness of workers in COVID-19 situations and getting them vaccinated, we would like to conduct training to raise awareness about habitual hand washing and health and safety. (Bangladesh)
(4) We will invite female domestic workers in each region to hold regular seminars on organizing female workers. (Bangladesh)

List of Cooperating Organizations

Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO)Japan Productivity Center
The National Conference of the Association of Small Business EntrepreneursHiroshima Local of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo Hiroshima)
The Foundation for Promoting Workers’ Welfare and Mutual aid Insurance (Zenrosai Kyokai)

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Opening statement by President Aihara (Cambodia)

Q&A with officers in charge of lecturers (Bangladesh)

Speech by ITUC-BC Secretary General Bhuiyan